Archive for Sunday, March 25, 2001

Business Briefs

March 25, 2001

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Faces and places

Jeff Biggs, Topeka, joins Brier Payne Meade Insurance as a sales representative for the firm's Northeast Kansas territory, which includes Lawrence.

He will focus on succession planning, buy-sell agreements, retirement planning and commercial insurance.

He previously worked for Farm Bureau Insurance in Topeka, where he specialized in insurance for business owners.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Topeka Association of Insurance Financial Advisors and National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors.



Sam Holladay of Larry's Auto Supply, Lawrence, has been certified as an All Pro/Bumper to Bumper counter person by All Pro/Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts' national headquarters in San Antonio.

The counter certification program recognizes customer service excellence and technical knowledge of All Pro/Bumper to Bumper parts specialists. To qualify for the program, Holladay completed an 18-module technical automotive systems training course.

Holladay has been a customer service professional at Larry's Auto Supply, 1502 W. 23rd St., since 1999.



Quilogy has received Microsoft's Gold Certified Partner for E-commerce Solutions status in the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program.

In choosing Quilogy, Microsoft cited the company's competence in the latest Microsoft e-commerce technologies and proven track record of customer satisfaction.

The Gold Certified Partner program provides a way for businesses to identify companies that have proven their commitment and expertise when delivering Microsoft technology-based solutions.

St. Charles, Mo.-based Quilogy has an office in Overland Park that has 38 employees.



Joe Caldwell and Herb Bailey have been promoted at Bartlett & West Engineers Inc., Lawrence.

Caldwell, project manager in the land development division, is responsible for management of projects, including developing and maintaining customer relationships. He prepares proposals and engineering services agreements. He has been with the company since 1993 and is a Kansas University graduate.

Bailey, project manager in the transportation division, is responsible for the management of projects including the development and maintenance of client relationships and the marketing of services. He also prepares proposals and engineering services agreements.

Bartlett & West Engineers also has hired Mark Lippincott and Brian O'Keefe as senior survey technicians.

Lippincott handles survey calculations, operates survey equipment and interprets plans. The KU graduate is pursuing his land surveying license.

O'Keefe's main duty is surveying that involves global positioning systems.



The Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing is preparing to pay tribute to Kansas businesses for contributions to their communities and the state of Kansas during Business Appreciation Month in June.

The KDOC&H is asking organizations and individuals to nominate businesses in their area for awards. Businesses may be nominated in one of four categories manufacturing, distribution, service or retail. There will be recognition for all nominees and regional winners in each category.

One business will receive the Governor's Award of Excellence, the highest honor given to a business by the state.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Nominations may be submitted online at www.kansascommerce.com/bam2001. Forms also are available by calling Kristy Druse at (785) 368-7295 or e-mailing her at kdruse@kdoch.state.ks.us.

This year's recognition ceremonies will be conducted at Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson, June 5; Kansas Speedway, Wyandotte County, June 12; Oakley Country Club, Oakley, June 13; Lakeway Bed & Breakfast, Meade, June 14; Parsonian Hotel, Parsons, June 19; and Eisenhower Center, Abilene, June 21.

Honors and awards

Boulder Total Return Fund Inc. finished No. 1 in the Lipper closed-end equity fund performance analysis service for 2000.

The growth-and-income fund is managed by Boulder Investment Services LLC, which is headed by Stewart R. Horejsi, a 1959 graduate of KU's School of Business.



Jesse McConnell, Lawrence, and Teresa (Tab) Brobst earned Employee of Month honors for February at SS&C Business & Tax Services Inc.

Brobst and McConnell are staff accountants and auditors. McConnell works in the firm's Lawrence office; Brobst works in its Topeka office.

The award is given to employees who have gone "above and beyond" in client service through peer nomination and selection.



Ron King, an American Family Insurance agent in Lawrence, was Kansas Agent of the Year for 2000. The award is based on all lines production.

King also was honored as one of American Family's top life insurance producers.

The Lawrence office is located at 3502 Westridge Drive.



Scott Bloch has been selected as a Roscoe Pound Fellow by the American Trial Lawyers Assn.

Fellows work to improve the legal system through discussions with judges, scholars and the public regarding issues of civil justice, law and economics, and through seminars and publications. Selections are based on long-standing involvement in and commitment to the legal profession.

Bloch is a partner with Stevens & Brand, Lawrence, and is chief of the firm's litigation section.

He graduated with honors from the Kansas University School of Law in 1986, and was on the board of editors of the Kansas Law Review.

Coming events

Cal Downs, president of Communication Management Inc., will be the guest speaker during a Kansas International breakfast seminar this week.

The seminar will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club.

Downs, a Kansas University professor, has worked with dozens of companies in more the 20 countries on organizational issues.

His areas of expertise include: how to bridge the gap in international companies, learning to work in the United States, developing cultural strategies and assessing cultural differences.

The cost for KI members is $10, and $13 for non-members. The deadline for registration is Thursday.

To register, call 841-4685, fax 865-4400 or e-mail tholverson@lawrencechamber.com.



The Lawrence Technology Assn. will have a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hereford House, Lawrence.

The speaker will be Gayle Martin Sanders, president of Lawrence-based MartinLogan. The company is a recognized as a world leader in high-fidelity sound reproduction systems.

The luncheon is open to the public, and the cost is $15 per person. To make reservations, contact Peggy Williams by e-mail at pwilliams@ittc.ukans .edu, voicemail at 864-4832 or fax at 864-7789.



Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. is presenting "Recycling the Capital in Your Castle," from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Club House Inn, 924 S.W. Henderson Road, Topeka.

The presentation will cover refinancing, home improvement, debt consolidation, college financing and other major purchases.

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The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center will present a seminar called "How To Better Manage Inventories and Cycle Counts."

The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 9875 Widmer Road, Building 3 in Lenexa.

The seminar will help participants learn how to eliminate shortages, write-offs and other costly blunders by mastering the strategic role of inventory.

The fee is $195 for a single registration and $176 each for groups of three or more. To register in advance, call (888) 649-4333.

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Landowners who attend the Mid-America Farm Show, March 27-29 at the Bicentennial Center, 800 Midway St. in Salina, will be able to register for a chance to win a conservation buffer practice of their choice, installed free of charge.

Conservation buffers are items such as filter strips, riparian buffers, field windbreaks, contour grass strips and cross-wind grass strips. Buffers help keep sediments, pesticides and fertilizers out of streams, lakes and other critical water bodies.

The giveaway is a joint effort by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

For more information, call Mary Shaffer at (785) 823-4571.

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